Des Newton may have only taken up boxing three years ago but the 28-year-old is confident he can match the success he had as an amateur in the paid ranks, writes James Eley.
The 28 year-old from Plymouth turned to pugilism after a serious injury put paid to his football career. Now, after lacing up the gloves for the first time in 2013, Newton has embarked on the next phase of his boxing career.
“I have only been boxing for to three years and in my first year as an amateur I won the National Championships for under 64 kilograms,” he told www.uko-boxing.com. “I also boxed in the Haringey Box Cup in the first year and came away with a silver medal. When I won the national title I didn’t realise how big an achievement it was until people kept saying how I had only been in boxing a year.
“I need to work on my technique but that will come with time, I will learn that as I am going. It is the sheer desire to win that drives me. I want to win everything and be the best.
“I ruptured my anterior cruciate ligament playing football a few years ago and just fell into the sport to be honest. I hadn’t done boxing before that at all but I have always been very sporty so once the football ended I needed another sport to get into.
“There are less twists and turns in boxing but I do think the injury is psychological too. I am worried of people coming in from the side and taking out my knee and now I have boxing I don’t need to go back to football. I wish I had come to boxing earlier. I have always followed it. Boxing is like a drug to me, I thrive off it. I would rather not work and train everyday like some people can but I have to support my family financially. I am a carpenter so I have to schedule my training around that but if I could train all day everyday then I would. I am at the fittest I ever will be. I have a good family behind me, a good wife and child who support me so it isn’t difficult for me. If you are dedicated to something then you make it work.”
‘The DEStroyer’ made his debut at the weekend, outpointing Sheffield veteran, Qasim Hussain, in Swindon. He aims to be busy and is set to appear on Western Country Boxing’s ‘Summer Sizzler’ at the Plymouth Guildhall next month (30th July).
“I can’t wait to box in Plymouth,” he added. “Quite a few people couldn’t make it to my pro debut in Swindon so I think I will have massive support in Plymouth. I think people want to come and see me fight because I am exciting to watch. I am confident and I can’t wait to get in there.
“I loved my debut. I boxed well against an experienced opponent and learnt a lot in there.
“I believe I have what it takes to win a title, domestically for sure. If I could bring back the British title in the lightweight division for Plymouth then that would be a hell of an achievement and I don’t think that is out of reach. I believe I am more than capable of doing that.”
Fellow Plymouth lightweight, Chris Adaway, is also in action alongside super middleweight stablemate, Cristian Hoskin-Gomes.
There’s a battle of Devon as Plymouth’s Ross Roberts look set to take on Exeter’s Faheem Khan at welterweight
Launceston bantamweight, Marcus Hodgson, Cornwall cruiserweight, Marcus Kelly, are set for their professional debuts whilst Guernsey middleweight, Tom Duff, completes the card.
Tickets for Summer Sizzler are £30 or £50 Ringside and are available by calling: 07958 398 355. Doors open at 6:30pm with boxing commencing at 7:30pm at Plymouth Guildhall, Armada Way, Plymouth, PL1 2AA.